Sandra Orlando

Sandra's LE-JOG (Land's End to John O'Groats)

Fundraising for Macular Society
raised of £8,740 target
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Macular Society

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We fund research and offer support to beat the isolation of macular disease


Macular Degeneration can affect anyone! If 1,000 caring people sponsor me for just 1p a mile I will raise £8,740 to provide research into a cure for this disease, which is the the worldwide leading cause of blindness. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. A number of years ago I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. Here are a few facts about the disease, which can take many forms and has a variety of causes: 

  • Macular disease affects more than 6.2 million people globally.
  • Macular disease is the biggest cause of blindness in the UK.
  • There is currently no cure for macular disease. 
  • Treatment, when appropriate, involves monthly injections into one or both eyeballs!

I am one of the lucky ones. As of this writing only one eye is affected. However, I  can no longer see to read with this eye, and I dread that one day my 'good' eye may be affected.

Although I remain optimistic that I will continue to lead a normal life, I want to take the opportunity now, to raise some money towards research into a cure and better treatments, and to provide much needed help for those who have not been as fortunate as I.

In 2019 I won a 'Good for Age' place in the London Marathon, and together we raised more than £7,000.00 to help find a cure for macular disease in its many forms. 

As a result of my 2019 time I was again fortunate to get a  'Good for Age' for the 2020 race. Alas, along with two other marathons I had planned for the Spring of 2020, the London Marathon was of course called off (except for a few elite athletes) because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In 2021 I set out to 'Run My Age', on average, every month. Last year I turned 74, so that meant I had to run a total of 888 miles before the end of the year. I achieved this and went on to complete 1,000 on New Year's Eve!

This year I have joined a 'virtual' jog/run/walk from Land's End to John O'Groats, a total of 874 miles. How many kind folks can I find to sponsor me for 1p a mile? 

If there are 1,000 of you out there I can raise £8,740 to provide research into a cure for macular degeneration, the worldwide leading cause of blindness. 

Wouldn't that be cool!

I know we are all constantly bombarded with requests to support numerous causes: children's charities, foreign aid, cancer in all its many forms, etc. They're all excellent causes and I do my best to donate to fund-raisers on a regular basis. The Macular Society is perhaps not one of the better known charities, something of a Cinderella cause, you might say. 

But anyone--young or old--can be affected by macular disease, so let me ask you which you would  prefer... 

  • To risk losing your sight and/or face the prospect of monthly injections in your eye(s)? 
  • Or will you please consider making a donation to my 2022 LE-JOG appeal?

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast, and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving--they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the Macular Society. So it's the most efficient way to donate--saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

About the charity

Macular Society

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RCN 1001198, SC042015
The Macular Society is the only charity determined to beat the fear and isolation of macular disease with world class research, and the best advice and support. Medical research will lead us to the cure we need to beat macular disease for the next generation.

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